Originally posted by ca
i'm just a beginner, so excuse the stupid questions please... but what advantage comes from loosing connection with your partner (whether you are uke or nage) except for when you need to roll away to save yourself, and even then it is just the physical contact that you give up...but at the last moment. if you're not connected, you can't feel the other person or their intent, can you?
There are many "hit and run" type fighters who are not concerned with maintaining connection. They have little to gain and a lot to lose by following my rules. As far as intent is concerned: if it manifests itself in action, they will "feel it" and respond; if not, why should they care?